Posted by: Deb Henry | 11/21/2011

“You can’t do nothing.” — An update on OccupySLC

On 11/12/11, our Pioneer Park location of Occupy Salt Lake was torn down by police. Since the raid, it has been confirmed by Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland that there were coordinated raids of the Occupy campsites in at least 18 cities, though SLC Mayor Becker’s Chief of Staff, Dave Everitt denies that the Mayor’s office was a part of the coordination. Everitt acknowledges that he was unaware of SLCPD Chief Burbank’s role in a national conversation, though language used in justification for the raids at the 18 camps nationwide was quite similar to the justification for raiding Pioneer Park. An investigation into the matter is pending.

Earlier this week, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s Legal Advisor resigned in support of Occupy Oakland. Eleven members of the New York City Council issued a written statement condemning the actions of Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD. One NYC Council member was arrested at OWS.

Occupy Salt Lake Workshops continue to meet. These meetings begin with announcements and break into affinity groups and working groups for specific campaigns. Meetings draw 50-75 people from the community interested in having a role in being a part of building the community we want to see. it’s a great opportunity to meet organizers in our local SLC Occupy movement.

Occupy Salt Lake will be hosting an Occupy Thanksgiving at 2pm at One World Cafe in downtown SLC. We invite everyone in SLC to join us for a potluck and to bring something to share. We will be prepping signs for a gratitude march starting at 12 noon at Gallivan and will march to One World at 2pm. Since our Occupy Salt Lake kitchen was cleared out of Pioneer Park, we ask that donations of food be brought directly to One World Cafe. (One World is a 501c3 and donations are tax deductible.) One World provides natural, organic meals based on a gift economy, allowing patrons to “pay what they can” and serving all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay. Dave, the Manager of One World has graciously offered to be OccupySLC’s host for meals and provide meetings space. Support Occupy Salt Lake by supporting One World Cafe and try to eat there or volunteer when you can. You can’t do nothing.

  • If you’re interested in donating food for our Occupy Thanksgiving Dinner, please bring donations directly to One World.

Occupy Salt Lake continues to maintain a 24-hour, permitted presence in downtown SLC at the Gallivan Plaza.

The next General Assembly is Wednesday, 11/23/11 at 6pm at ONE WORLD CAFE while we prep for Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow, Tues.11/22/11, there will be a panel on KRCL RadioActive discussing the 9 Demands of the 99% at 6pm MST. You can listen at 90.9 FM or stream online. It will be a panel discussing with Jim Judd of the AFL-CIO/ Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Utah, Josh Kanter of Alliance for a Better Utah and myself. If you have any comments on the 9 Demands or articles you want me to read, please feel free to leave them here in the comments.

I created a Reddit OccupySLC community to share articles, information and create discussion. We are also initiating an Occupy Book Club via this Reddit forum (for now).

  • How Reddit works: the value of articles can be voted on and discussion can take place in the comment section. Better articles show up higher in the feed. Comments are threaded and can be sorted by popular, controversial, old, new, hot. It’s a great forum and a crowd-sourced way for us to share information. You can opt-in to many different subject areas that aggregate into a main feed on your homepage.

The title of this post came from a class of high school students that I spoke to on Friday. They asked me what they could do to support the Occupy movement. “You can’t do nothing.”

If anyone has any ideas as to how to network local businesses and have them be transparent in their participation in our local economy, please let me know! We can protest all we want, but I am more interested in helping support a sustainable, resilient local economy. One way to do this would be to turn SLC into a Transition Town.

More updates soon!

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

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Responses

  1. Excellent Deb! Thanks for all you and other activists do.

  2. It could have been for no other reason but to get rid of them, or it could have had to do with the temperature dropping below freezing every night, or it could have had something to do with the 90+ drug/alcohol related arrests in about a month, or it could have had something to do with the guy who died there from a drug overdose. What would you have done? Would you feel good about those guys living out there with all that going on? I don’t know about the rest of the raids, but I think the one in SLC was completely justified.

    • If you read my other post, you’ll see that with increased police presence, of course there will be more tickets. Also, the police would drop off drunks at the park at night to antagonize the camp. Blaming the increase in arrests/tickets is unfair to occupy. Also, with the death that occurred (autopsy pending), there are 50+ deaths of homeless every year that go unreported in the media. I’m glad the occupy movement in the park brought attention to the needs of the homeless community that are not being met by the city.


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